In a World Exclusive, The ENQUIRER has uncovered the REAL reasons why Lisa Marie Presley – one of Scientology’s brightest stars – finally washed her hands of the cult-like religion.

In June 2012, we disclosed that Lisa Marie was “cutting ties” with the controversial church but since then, the rocker, 46, has kept her reasons cloaked in mystery.

The Internet has been abuzz with speculation about why Elvis’ daughter has joined a long list of stars who’ve rejected the church – including Leah Remini, Katie Holmes and actor Jason Beghe.

Now, for the first time, an ENQUIRER investigation has exposed the startling truth about why the mother of four has abandoned the religion in which she was raised – and what it means for the crumbling church.

“Sources who know Lisa Marie tell me she’s gone (from the church),” revealed Scientology expert Tony Ortega, a veteran journalist who blogs daily about the religion.

In May 2012, Lisa Marie released explosive new music that hinted of a split with the church, and last February she divulged, “I was surrounded by people who were not well-intended.

“Basically, it was a big sinister situation, where there was like, kind of intel and covert ops going on, and a whole effort to control me that I didn’t know about.

“I uncovered it and it was mind-blowing.”

Although Lisa Marie never uttered the word “Scientology,” Tony and others believe that she was referring to Scientology operatives and finally became fed up with the religion’s allegedly prying ways.

A main issue for Lisa Marie, Tony asserted, is the “intense snitching culture, where you always have to be worried your own kids will turn you in.”

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